Sea Turns Red As Thousands Of Jellyfish Swarm The Waters Of Southern Philippines

Well it seems that jellyfish certainly are not affected by the worldwide pandemic lockdowns and restrictions.

The water off the coast of Southern Philippines turned red after being swarmed by thousands of jellyfish overnight. Picture via Twitter

Look at this insane bloom of tomato jellyfish. There are so many that the sea turned red in some places. Just amazing!

Sheldon Ray Boko, Ph.D. in marine biology at the University of Griffith, shared a mesmerizing video with thousands of pink or tomato jellyfish (Crambione cf. Mastigophora) that flooded the coastal area near one of the northern beaches on the Philippine island of Palawan.

Here is what they look like from above:

These jellyfish usually appear on the Palawan in March.

Their stay nearby and breeding are influenced by the atmosphere, current velocity, tides and even geological features of the bay.

There are years when jellyfish breed extremely actively and their clusters can be seen, and sometimes they almost do not appear off the Philippine coast.

Marine biologist Dr. Ryan Baring noted that usually these animals stay close to the bottom to avoid numerous tourists.

Now that the beaches are empty, jellyfish no longer feel threatened and are free to swim at the surface.

More animal invasion news on Strange Sounds and The Remnants. [NatGeo]